Fiat Chrysler Cars India has unlocked pre-bookings for its Jeep Compass. Those who want to book their SUV can do so online as also at an FCA or Jeep-exclusive showroom. The pre-booking amount has been set at Rs.50, 000. In fact we were so fascinated with the way it drove, we cannot wait to see what Jeep India prices it at. We have been keeping you updated about the progresses of the Jeep Compass and told you all about when the first car rolled out of the developed facility in Ranjangaon. Jeep India took about 2 years for the development of the facility for the production of the Compass. We were there when the car was first revealed in India and we told you how it’s Jeep’s first car to be manufactured in India. In fact the localization levels on the car are up to 80 % and the car will be traded to right hand drive markets like UK, Japan and South Africa by the end of this year. The Compass will be made available in three trims – Sport, Longitude and the Limited and customers will have a choice of five colours Minimal Grey, Exotica Red, Hydro Blue, Hip Hop Black and Vocal White as well as options in 4×2 and 4×4. Additionally, the company will also be launching MOPAR, the company’s exclusive source for original equipment parts and accessories for Jeep vehicles to enhance customer service.
Announcing the inaugural of bookings, Kevin Flynn, President and MD, FCA India said, “We are already receiving overwhelming response to our new SUV. We have pulled out all stops to deliver the highest quality standard on the Jeep Compass and we are here to set a standard in the Indian SUV space. Customers will experience first-hand, the level of complexity in the vehicle.” Under the hood, the Jeep Compass features two engine – a 1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a 2-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel motor. The petrol engine makes over 160 bhp and 260 Nm of highest torque and oil burner churns out over 170 bhp and 350 Nm of highest torque. Transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed manual unit and an optional 7-speed automatic gearbox. The Jeep Compass will get a four-wheel-drive system, which will get Jeep’s terrain response system. The driving modes will include Sand, Rock and Snow options, which change the characteristics of the power delivery and drive dynamics of the SUV. It’s the price that we are waiting for and while it was earlier announced that the launch will be in August, it looks like the car might be launched in July itself. We expect the price to be around Rs.18-25 lakh, depending on the alternatives but anything above that and we feel that the company won’t be able to cash in on what’s been a success story till date.